If you were to write 3 paragraphs.....out of this one paragraph, having to use his traits for each one like caring(1 paragraph) bravery(1 paragraph) and how he learns from his experiences (1...

If you were to write 3 paragraphs.....

out of this one paragraph, having to use his traits for each one like caring(1 paragraph) bravery(1 paragraph) and how he learns from his experiences (1 paragraph), how would you do it(compose the paragraph to demonstrate these traits)? thanks!

Pip is a caring and brave individual, who always takes a little something away from his experiences. These traits are what give him his marvelous personality. With his courageous kindness, and exceptional way of looking at ever situation. He finds himself battling to acquire his greatest expectation.

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accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Interestingly, just to throw the cat among the pigeons, I would like to argue against this statement. It is always interesting to try and view things from a different view point, and so here I am going to encourage you to have a look at Pip from a different point of view.

Pip is not a caring of brave character. Although at the beginning of the novel before his "Great Expectations" move him to London he is shown to be able to act out of kindness, arguably some of the events quoted as proof of this above were done out of sheer fear alone. He does indeed steal from Mrs. Joe, but the narrative is clear that this is chiefly because of the fear Magwitch has instilled into him through his other "convict" who will "eat" Pip if he doesn't bring him food.

From his first visit to Miss Havisham and then from the onset of his "Great Expectations" Pip proves himself to be a petty, arrogant and socially elitist snob who is very unaware of the damage that his thoughts, actions and speech accomplish. Because of the retrospective first person narration, the discerning reader is able to see that the mature Pip, writing now looking back on his actions, is harshly critical of his approach. There are several significant events, such as Pip's conversations with Biddy, where Biddy is trying to challenge Pip on his behaviour, but Pip instead judges Biddy.

However, the arrival of Magwitch and the end of the novel allows Pip to transform his character, and shows his maturing into a character that is able to love and shows (limited) bravery, though arguably initially his desire to get Magwitch out of the country says more about Pip's revulsion of the true source of his "Great Expectations" than anything else. He does show at the end of the novel that he has learnt through his sufferings and has been able to take up a meaningful role in society.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Reflective, Pip ponders "the long chain of iron or gold or thorns or flowers that would never have bound...but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day."  This one memorable day for Pip is the day that he meets Estella and Miss Havisham, and from the chain of his experiences that day, he comes away feeling the thorns of being "common," while forgetting the manly kindness which he has shown a shivering convict, and the grand moments of sharing the golden love of Joe. 

For a time after that day, Pip does become common, petty in his judgment of the socially clumsy Joe and the tattered Biddy and ragged convict who gives Pip his fortune.  Yet, again his intrinsic kindness and iron loyalty prevail and Pip aids his friend Herbert and his benefactor Magwitch.  Later, when he pays Miss Havisham and Estella a visit, he reminds Estella and Miss Havisham of his love for the beautiful girl on that memorable day.  Because of his genuine sentiment, Miss Havisham realizes her cruelty and begs Pip to forgive her as she dies from her accident with the fire.  Also burned, Pip is unknowingly cared for by the iron-like, steadfast Joe, who nurses him back to health.  

Thus, Pip, in his exceptionally perceptive way, comes to understand the true values of life that link any person: love of family and friends.  Returning to his home, he visits with Joe and his wife Biddy and encounters his greatest expectation and loss, Estella. She assures him that "suffering had been stronger than Miss Havisham's teaching, and had given her a heart to understand what [Pip's] heart used to be."

troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Pip is a caring character.  Although his life is threatened by the convict in the beginning, he brings more than the convict demanded.  He brought him brandy.  He did that to warm him up in the cold.  He did that out of pure kindness, even though he had to steal it, he was trying to help the man who had threatened his life.

Pip shows bravery several times in the story. When the convict threatened him in the beginning, he could have hid in his house hoping Joe would keep him safe.  Instead, he sneaked food, drink, and the file out of the house and went back to the graveyard.  That must've been pretty scary for the boy.  Another brave act was when he saved Miss Havisham from the fire.  He wasn't exactly a hero, but he did get her out and risked his life doing so.

Pip also (eventually) learns from his mistakes.  Pip does not return to visit Joe and the forge when he's in town, and he tries to rid himself of Magwitch as soon as Magwitch appears on the scene.  Neither man fits into Pip's new lifestyle, so he is embarrassed by both men.  Eventually, he does apologize to them both.  It takes him the whole story and he must suffer greatly along the way.  But he learns what true love is from these men.  Both men love him and want what's best for him.  It just takes him a long time to understand that and admit it to them.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Pip is brave in some respects.  He leaves his old life behind to embark on a journey to be a gentleman.  In many ways, he is trying to live up to other people's expectations of him more than his own.  He really does come from a humble place, and only after getting the bug in London does he start to become the kind of false gentleman that Dickens is warning against.  Even then, he has the bravery to leave that life and return to his old one when he realizes it is wrong.  Yes, it is true that the money is lost with Magwitch, but Pip has not regrets about leaving the gentleman stage of his life.

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